Aurora Explorations

Christmas & New Year, Escorted
New Year's circle tour - places still available
15 days
28 December 2019
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This fantastic tour of Iceland truly has it all! Start by spending 4 nights in Reykjavik whilst doing some great guided day excursions, including a visit to an ice tunnel inside Langjokull Glacier, a city tour and a hunt for the fabled Northern Lights. Then enjoy a special New Year's Eve festive dinner at the famous Perlan Restaurant and fireworks displays, before heading into the countryside on a fully escorted circle tour of Iceland.

Visit the many extraordinary sights that showcase the stunning beauty and unique culture of this astonishing land, on this leisurely journey. Then finish with a celebratory Viking Dinner and a visit to the wonderful Blue Lagoon, before returning to Reykjavik for the last night. 

28 December:  Welcome To Iceland
On arrival transfer by coach from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Tonight enjoy a dinner at Harpa, the modern Reykjavik Concert Hall, with transfers to and from the hotel. 4 nights at Fosshótel Reykjavík. 

29 December: Reykjavik City tour and Guided Northern Lights Hunt
This morning enjoy a locally guided city tour exploring the world's most northern capital, visiting Reykjavik's main attractions including The Pearl, Hallgrímskirkja church, the harbour, the 101 Reykjavik neighbourhood and the Northern Lights Museum. This evening head out on a locally guided excursion to search for the wondrous Northern Lights, driving out away from the city lights to areas where there is no light pollution, to find the best location depending on weather conditions. 

30 December: Waterfalls and Into Langjökull Glacier
Today on a locally guided excursion drive north from Reykjavík, heading to the peaceful farming district and valley of Borgarfjörður, framed by mountains and glaciers. The first stop is at the magnificent Hraunfossar (Lava Falls), where natural springs under a birch covered lava field create a waterfall hundreds of metres wide, seemingly appearing out of nowhere across the bank. A few minutes’ walk up the river is Barnafoss (the Children’s Fall), which has carved out strange figures from the rock. This afternoon go inside Langjökull Glacier, to experience the glacier from the inside through a fantastic, icy, man made ice tunnel, before returning to Reykjavík. Dinner at the hotel tonight.                                                                        

31 December: Reykjavík Day at Leisure, New Year’s Eve festive dinner and fireworks
Today there is time to explore Reykjavík on your own. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. 

Tonight celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one with a festive dinner at Perlan Restaurant, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the capital. After dinner head out to see the celebration of the New Year fire works, before returning late to the hotel.

01 January: Borgarnes – Deildartunguhver – Reykholt – Grábrók – Laugarbakki
Today your fully escorted coach tour begins. Meet your guide and fellow travellers at the hotel, then we drive north from Reykjavík. Our first stop is in the town of Borgarnes then at Deildartunguhver, one of the world’s largest hot springs. We continue to historic Reykholt, where the famous Icelander Snorri Sturluson, a brilliant 13th-century writer and scholar once lived,. As we continue north we pass a volcano crater called Grábrók – for those who feel like stretching their legs it’s nice to hike to the top (weather permitting) for a magnificent view. We continue to Laugarbakki where a local guide will give a short lecture about the Northern Lights, in the hotel before dinner. Tonight dinner perhaps enjoy looking the Northern Lights from the comfort of the hotel's outdoor hot tub!  Overnight at Hotel Laugarbakki.                                                                                                                                                                   

02 January: Laugarbakki - Víðimýri Church - Sauðarkrókur Tannery - Hofsós - Siglufjörður and Northern Lights Hunt
We continue to the north east today, to Skagafjörður, known as the “valley of horses”.  The first stop is at charming Viðimýri turf church, then on past the fjord and along the coastline to the small town Sauðarkrókur,  for a guided tour through the unique local tannery. On to Hofsos, a small community along the cliffs, with a fantastic view over the fjord and the sea, where we visit the local swimming pool to enjoy the magnificent view while bathing in the warm waters.  Afterwards the road takes us along a steep costal road to the colourful fishing town of Siglufjörður. Tonight after dinner at the hotel we go out on foot to search for the Northern Lights. Overnight at Hótel Sigló.                    

03 January: Kaldi Brewery - Akureyri - Goðafoss Waterfall - Mývatn
In the morning we visit the local beer brewery Kaldi, before heading to Akureyri where you have time to explore this charming town of 17,000 inhabitants on your own. In the afternoon we travel east to Goðafoss, the "waterfalls of the Gods", then on to our hotel, located right by Lake Mývatn. 2 nights and dinners at Icelandair Hotel Mývatn.                                        .

04 January: Mývatn - Dimmuborgir - Námaskarð - Mývatn Nature Baths and Northern Lights Hunt
In the morning we visit pseudo craters and walk in the lava field of Dimmuborgir, and see the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð. In the afternoon we soak at Mývatn Nature Baths in warm waters  that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, before we head back to the hotel for dinner. Tonight we search for the Northern Lights by foot from the hotel.      

05 January: Myvatn - Egilsstaðir
Leaving beautiful North Iceland, we head through uninhabited highlands and moonlike surroundings to Egilsstaðir, the biggest town in the east of Iceland with a population of 2,200. With some luck we might spot Arctic fox or see reindeer on the way. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore Egilsstaðir or relax in the outdoor swimming pool, before meeting in the hotel for dinner and watching a movie about the Northern Lights. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Hérað.                                                                                                                 

06 January: Egilsstaðir - Höfn - Jökulsarlón - Öræfi
It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads that typify the East Fjords. We’ll see Vatnajökull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland, then stop at the town of Höfn. Then continue to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We explore this extraordinary site and may even see seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can also walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. After this icy experience, we’ll head to the hotel for the evening and enjoy dinner. Overnight at Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon.

07 January: Öræfi - Kirkjubærklaustur – Reynisfjara – Vík
We travel west through the village of Kirkjubærklaustur, across the sandy desert of the south coast to the coastal town of Vík. Here we stroll along the black sand beach and admire Reynisdrangar, the high basalt columns marchin into the sea. After dinner at the hotel we’ll head out for a Northern Lights Hunt from the hotel. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Vík. 

08 January: Skógafoss – Seljalandsfoss – LAVA Centre – Hveragerði
We continue west, slowly closing the circle around Iceland. Stop in the small village of Skógar to see the Skógafoss Waterfall which is 60 metres high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we pass the infamous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull, then continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which plunges down from the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! After the waterfalls we stop in the town Hvolsvöllur to visit the Lava Centre, for an exhibition and movie about the volcanoes of Iceland.  We’ll arrive in the hotel in Hveragerði in the late afternoon. 2 nights and dinners at Hotel Örk. 

09 January: Hveragerði - Friðheimar Farm - Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir - Þingvellir - Hveragerði
From Hveragerði we explore the classic route of the Golden Circle sights. We’ll start by visiting a tomato greenhouse and horse ranch, where we learn how Icelanders produce fruit using geothermal heat, and meet the charming Icelandic horse. We continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá River. Driving onwards we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive - the original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. After Geysir we visit Thingvellir National Park, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, before we head back to the hotel in Hveragerði for dinner.  

10 January: Hveragerði - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - Viking Dinner - Reykjavik
The Reykjanes peninsula offers very diverse geological features, as well as several light houses, hot springs, mountains and bird cliffs. Today we’ll visit the geothermal areas of Krysuvik and Gunnuhver, walk over the bridge between continents, visit the fishing town of Grindavík, and last but not least have a relaxing bathe in the Blue Lagoon. Then on the way back to Reykjavík we stop in Hafnarfjörður to enjoy a true Viking dinner, before continung into the city for the night. Overnight at Fosshótel Reykjavík. 

11 January: Departure 
Transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport and end of arrangements. 

2019 departure: 28 December

Includes:  Arrival Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel coach transfer Day 1; 14 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar including breakfast daily (5 nights in Reykjavík, 9 nights in the countryside); fully escorted coach tour with English speaking guide and driver Days 5 - 14; 13 x 3-course dinners including coffee/tea; return transfer from hotel to dinner venue Day 1; New Year Eve festive dinner event including return transfers + 1 welcome drink + festive dinner including wine + 1 glass of sparkling wine at midnight Day 4;  Viking dinner including one schnapps and one beer Day 14; Reykjavík city tour with local guide 4hrs Day 2; entrance to Aurora Museum Reykjavík Day 2; Northern Lights Hunt with local guide max 4 hours Day 2; Into the Glacier Langjokull glacier tour with guide max 9 hours Day 3; 4 x Northern Lights walks or lectures in the countryside according to weather; visit to Víðímýri turf church; visit to Tannery in Sauðárkrókur; entrance to Hofsós swimming pool; visit to Kaldi brewery; entrance and rental of towel at Mývatn Nature Baths; entrance to LAVA museum; visit to Friðheimar horse farm and geothermal greenhouse with light tomato soup meal; Comfort package entrance at Blue Lagoon including Silica Mud Mask + use of towel + one drink; Viking dinner; transfer Reykjavík hotel - Keflavík Airport; use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 12434.00
Single AUD$ 14663.00

Includes:  Arrival Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel coach transfer Day 1; 14 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar including breakfast daily (5 nights in Reykjavík, 9 nights in the countryside); fully escorted coach tour with English speaking guide and driver Days 5 - 14; 13 x 3-course dinners including coffee/tea; return transfer from hotel to dinner venue Day 1; New Year Eve festive dinner event including return transfers + 1 welcome drink + festive dinner including wine + 1 glass of sparkling wine at midnight Day 4;  Viking dinner including one schnapps and one beer Day 14; Reykjavík city tour with local guide 4hrs Day 2; entrance to Aurora Museum Reykjavík Day 2; Northern Lights Hunt with local guide max 4 hours Day 2; Into the Glacier Langjokull glacier tour with guide max 9 hours Day 3; 4 x Northern Lights walks or lectures in the countryside according to weather; visit to Víðímýri turf church; visit to Tannery in Sauðárkrókur; entrance to Hofsós swimming pool; visit to Kaldi brewery; entrance and rental of towel at Mývatn Nature Baths; entrance to LAVA museum; visit to Friðheimar horse farm and geothermal greenhouse with light tomato soup meal; Comfort package entrance at Blue Lagoon including Silica Mud Mask + use of towel + one drink; Viking dinner; transfer Reykjavík hotel - Keflavík Airport; use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes.

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